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Trade war

Trump's blacklist squeezes 200 Chinese companies as net widens

Huawei receives another reprieve while list ensnares AI startups

Facial-recognition startups SenseTime has been put on the U.S. Entity List.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU/WASHINGTON -- In the more than three years since the U.S. first blacklisted Chinese telecom company ZTE, its sanctions net has widened sharply, ensnaring businesses ranging from titan Huawei Technologies to startups focused on artificial intelligence.

As of the end of October, more than 200 Chinese companies and organizations were on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List, Washington's main tool in pressuring Chinese tech companies. The department on Monday said it will keep Huawei on the list while extending for 90 days a license allowing American companies to continue business with the Chinese tech giant. 

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